Tag: Poverty Relief

Haygood, Laura Askew (1845-1900)
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Haygood, Laura Askew (1845-1900)

Pioneering MECS Home Missioner and Educational Missionary to China Born in Watkinsville, Georgia, Laura Haygood moved to Atlanta at age seven, received her early education from her mother, enrolled at Wesleyan Female College, Macon, Georgia at age sixteen, and graduated in two years (1864). She established a private school for girls in 1966. In 1872,...

Johnson, Hugh and Shirliann
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Johnson, Hugh and Shirliann

Peace Award-Winning Missionaries to Algeria Pastor Hugh Johnson and his wife Shirliann (“Fritzi”) received the 2014 World Methodist Peace Award. Hugh and Shirliann dedicated their lives to the United Methodist Church for more than 40 years – 1963 up to 2005 – working in Algeria. The couple operated under a simple slogan: The church must be where...

Eklund, Anna
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Eklund, Anna

Deaconess Who Served the Poor of Saint Petersburg, Russia In 2014 the United Methodist Church in Eurasia has celebrated its 125th anniversary since the first Methodist congregation started in Eurasia. It was in the year 1889, when a small Methodist congregation began to meet in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. For over 125 years the Spirit has moved...

Neighborhood Center of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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Neighborhood Center of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

A Model Community Center Driving through Harrisburg, the capital city of Pennsylvania, today, one would hardly guess that in 1907 the Woman’s Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church declared the region a “foreign mission field.” They urged the greater church body to recognize and acknowledge the influx of immigrants from eastern Europe and...

Haines, J. Harry (1917-2007)
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Haines, J. Harry (1917-2007)

Missionary and Relief Agency Director The Rev. J. Harry Haines, 1917-2007, was director of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) from 1966 to 1983 and a missionary for 21 years prior to that. At his passing, Haines was described as “a saint, a model of Christian commitment, hard work, and inspiration” by the Rev....

Poland and Danzig Mission
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Poland and Danzig Mission

  The first annual meeting of the Poland and Danzig Mission of the Methodist Episcopal Church South (MECS), forerunner of the present-day UMC in Poland, was held on August 24–27, 1922 in Warsaw. Formally launched the year before, the mission was the result of outreach and humanitarian work after World War I.  The mission included...

Sawyer, Sallie
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Sawyer, Sallie

Co-founder of Bethlehem Centers of Nashville More than 100 years ago, Estelle Haskins, a white missionary with the Methodist Training School in Nashville, and Sallie Sawyer, an African American graduate of Fisk University, teacher and member of Capers Memorial Colored Methodist Episcopal Church, merged their services to start a kindergarten, well-baby clinic, sewing circle and...